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The 56: Moving, emotional yet a fitting reminder of the fire

The 56: Moving, emotional yet a fitting reminder of the fire

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

 “Nobody dies at football matches in fires. It doesn’t happen.” “The 56” is a production aimed at retelling the stories of survivors, their relatives and members of the emergency services, from the darkest day in Bradford’s history – the City fire of 11 May 1985 that killed 56 football fans. We went to see the […]

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The end of an era, Mr Bingley?

The end of an era, Mr Bingley?

| April 2, 2015 | 1 Comment

As Bingley finally frees itself, both literally and figuratively, from the shadow cast by the old Bradford and Bingley building, Lisa Firth reflects on the site’s past – and its future. Love it or hate it, the concrete monster that until recently loomed over Bingley is enmeshed with the town’s history and identity. Dominating the […]

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Putting on the Bradford Ritz!

| July 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

James looks back at the history of the Ritz cinema on Broadway (later the Cannon and ABC), from its opening to its sad end and demolition. The Ritz is one of the most fondly remembered cinemas in the Bradford city centre, attracting a lot of attention from the Bradford public throughout its life. The cinema […]

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The tale of Joseph Wright: from donkey boy to don

| July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Lisa Firth Beginning work as a lowly donkey boy at the age of six, Joseph Wright was an unlettered Thackley millhand who could barely read a newspaper until he was 15. But life changed for the young man when he started work at Salts Mill in Saltaire. With access to the free schooling Sir […]

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We built this city on department stores!

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the 20th century, Bradfordians were in love with a certain type of shopping outlet – the department store! Bradford’s first opened in 1814 with the final one closing in 1995. But what brought the beloved British institution to the high streets of Bradford and what is the story behind them?If you mention a department […]

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Merrie Wilsden

Merrie Wilsden

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Astrid Hansen recalls one of the earliest modern Wilsden Galas, held in 1973.

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Researching WWI servicemen

Researching WWI servicemen

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Our resident family historian Clive Harrison explains how to research ancestors who served in the First World War.

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Marian Krupa: in the army

Marian Krupa: in the army

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Marian Jan Krupa (1922-2009) came to live in Cottingley with his second wife, who had lived in the village most of her life, and their two-year-old son. He was born in Krakow, Poland, and his experiences after leaving there in 1939 until his arrival in England in 1943 were traumatic. We continue his story. Uniforms […]

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The phantom pot-plant pincher of Mosman Park

The phantom pot-plant pincher of Mosman Park

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Eric Firth continues his account of life as a ten-quid pom in 1970s Australia. You learn, early and uncomfortably, that flies are one of the biggest menaces in Australia. They’re everywhere: in your eyes, ears, mouth, hair, tea, coffee; sharing your sarnies, up your nostrils; swarming into the house the minute you open your fly-screen-protected […]

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Ay, Minister!

Ay, Minister!

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

James Slater, editor of Bradford’s The Local Leader magazine, explores the history of Shipley MPs from 1885 to the present.

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